Wednesday, April 22, 2020

COVID-19 Information You Won't See on the News


Based on a report published on sciencemag.org, it appears that coronaviruses can induce immune responses against one another. For example, the two coronaviruses that produce the common cold may generate cross-reactive antibodies against SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for COVID-19, as they do with SARS-CoV-1 . This may explain why some people get the virus but symptoms are mild or they are asymptomatic.

Two newly published studies, one from Stanford University , the other from USC, seem to support the above theory.  Both suggest that COVID-19 is more widespread than previously thought in the state of California. The Stanford University study revealed that between 2.5 percent and 4.2 percent of Santa Clara County residents were infected with the virus as of early April.  This is much higher than previously thought. Also, a higher infection rate naturally decreases the estimated death percentage rate from 1 percent 0.2 percent  Likewise, according to the USC study "USC and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) today released preliminary results from a collaborative scientific study that suggests infections from the new coronavirus are far more widespread – and the fatality rate much lower — in L.A. County than previously thought."

Based on the above information, this is what I believe our country needs to be doing right now to end this COVID-19 madness:

1.  Provide COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) antibody testing for everyone.  While the government is in the beginning stages of working on this, university hospitals need to step up to the plate and help. Follow Stanford and USC's lead.

2.  Those with active COVID-19 should quarantine themselves for two weeks.  After the two weeks are up, they should be tested again for active COVID-19.  If they test negative, are healthy and have no underlying health issues, they should go out and about.

3.  The elderly and those with compromised immune systems continue to quarantine during this outbreak.  This is just common sense.

4.  Provide Quercetin and Zinc for everyone to take daily during this outbreak. , This is especially important for the elderly and immunocompromised.

Why zinc?  Many studies have shown zinc prevents viral replication in the human body.  Increased intracellular zinc concentrations inhibit RNA-dependent RNA polymerases and other proteins essential for the completion of different phases of the virus life cycle.

Many people are deficient in zinc, especially the elderly, so supplementation makes sense.

Why Quercetin?  Zinc requires ionophores to penetrate the cell wall, delivering it inside each cell. Quercetin is a zinc ionophore. It is a plant flavonoid found in fruits and vegetables. Similar to the drug hydroxychloroquine, which is also a zinc ionophore, it has the same mechanism of action. It allows zinc to pass through the cell wall and into the cell, where it can halt viral replication.  Quercetin can be purchased in supplement form. (Quercetin glycoside is the most bioavailable form.)

More information on this subject can be found here.

4.  Governors need to continue reopening their states. Again, only those that have active COVID-19, as well as the elderly and immunocompromised should continue to quarantine themselves. We need to begin building up herd immunity the natural way that God had intended. Without herd immunity, we can expect a second wave of the virus over the coming months.  This will continue to cost lives and will further sabotage our economy.